A high water alarm generally tells you that there is water somewhere that you don’t want water. For example, let’s say you have a sump pump in your basement or a septic pump – if that pump would fail or get overwhelmed, water could ultimately enter your basement (or septic back-up..) and that would be a bad thing.
You can purchase high water alarms with the “backup battery” feature, which is usually a 9VDC non rechargeable lead-acid battery. This fancy little feature looks great on sales literature. Really? So now my basement flooded because I didn't regularly replace a 9VDC battery? This is convenient for the alarm manufacturer because they can continue selling their existing products and if the high water alarm fails - that's the customer's fault. Unfortunately it doesn't offer much value to you (the customer).
Our Wi-Fi enabled high water alarms have some economical higher tech solutions for power loss.
How is it possible that the alarm can alert you without power? All Sump Alarm Wi-Fi enabled products use what is called "Server Side Backup battery". What is this?
The Sump Alarm and Level-Sense servers are in communication with each unit. When the server loses contact with a unit (due to power outage, or a tripped breaker) they start a timer. You configure your settings on the website so that if your unit is without power or internet connection for X Minutes, X Hours, etc that you receive an alert. The server always has power - even if your unit does not. The alert is actually coming from our Servers - not from the unit. When power and internet are restored - you receive a subsequent alert letting you know.
If your application is inside the home, get a Sump Pump Monitor with with a Rechargeable battery. Notice that these units are indoor only and have a tighter temperature range than other products (including 9VDC). What's more important, is that while most of the world is advocating putting your pump and alarm on separate circuits (so the alarm keeps working if your pump trips a breaker), the our product is best placed on the same circuit as the pump.
- If power is on to the home, and the power goes out to the pump, it's going to let you know that the Level-Sense unit has lost incoming power.
- If power is lost to the pump and to the home (such as in a vacation home or a lake house) - our server will let you know. Even if the unit is without power and Wi-Fi.
Another alternative is our Sump Alarm Wi-Fi High Water Alarms. These popular in/outdoor products are economical and also have the server side back-up battery feature.
The traditional answer to a power outage is to purchase a 12vdc battery-back-up system with a pump (about a $300 system). These systems are generally composed of a 120VDC primary pump, and have a smaller secondary back-up pump that is 12VDC. That second smaller pump is going to help you through the storm until the electrical service returns at which time the more robust 120V pump kicks back into operation.
With that said if you have a battery back-up sump pump and are looking for a high water alarm, click this link and pull the drop down box to the bottom (12VDC). While these alarms not Wi-Fi enabled, they use so little power, that even if your back-up battery is so low that it can no longer power your pump - it will still have enough power to sound the alarm for days.
Lastly, always consider - what is the action plan if you do get the alert that your pumps are out of commission and the water level is rising. Most sales literature will ask you to think only of this scenario. Be careful there - everyone wants you to look at the "doomsday scenario". How quickly does your water level rise? How long are your power outages when you have them? If you're at risk, prepare for it with the expensive automation. But if its an unlikely situation, and your probably home when it happens, there are plenty of great low cost solutions of manual hand siphons on Amazon for under $20.